Toilets save lives because human waste spreads killer diseases. However, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
Using a clean toilet is something most of us take for granted. But for many people around the world this is not the case. Today, as many as 2.4 billion people or a third of the world's population lives without access to a toilet.
Some key facts (http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/):
2.4 billion People live without improved sanitation
One in ten people has no choice but to defecate in the open
Diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year
Disease transmission at work mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths
Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP
Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to 'Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'. To learn more about basic sanitation and clean water, go to DGFF 2016 - Goal 6.